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In Suspect Terrain, McPhee, John
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Author Name:    McPhee, John

Title:   In Suspect Terrain

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 

ISBN Number:   0374517940 / 9780374517946

Seller ID:   ING9780374517946

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From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana's drifted diamonds and gold "In Suspect Terrain "is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others--a biography; a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history there; a modern collision of ideas about the origins of the mountain range; and, in contrast, a century-old collision of ideas about the existence of the Ice Age. The central figure is Anita Harris, an internationally celebrated geologist who went into her profession to get out of a Brooklyn ghetto. The unifying theme is plate tectonics--here concentrating on the acceptance that all aspects of the theory do not universally enjoy. As such, "In Suspect Terrain "is a report from the rough spots at the front edge of a science.



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